A very hotly contested and animated debate between the remaining republican candidates was held Saturday night just ahead of Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire. The debate was moderated by ABC anchors Martha Raddatz and David Muir who I felt were clearly in the democrat pocket. That’s because as a friend of mine recently said, “As you can see, the New Hampshire primaries is another RIGGED, conspiratorial election about who the insiders want to win. Their darling is Hillary Clinton, although Hillary is a socialist as Bernie Sanders. Mrs Clinton is what is wrong with our country at this time due to the power she has had since being in the White House in the 90s. She has powerful friends in Wall Street corporations, including the powerful BILLIONAIRE Democrats and the billionaire news media who are close to 100% in favor of Clinton. The pollsters are part of that conspiracy who rule.” On the republican side they favor Marc Rubio which is why they gave him the most time during this debate. I thought the candidates were much more aggressive and animated than in previous debates and all did extremely well.
The debate had a rule that if one candidate mentioned another candidate then that candidate had 30 seconds to respond. David Muir kept overlooking that rule as he kept cutting off candidates that wanted to respond to one that mentioned their name. I also felt these moderators purposely kept pitting the candidates against one another.
The first question was to Ted Cruz by David Muir in his reaction to stealing Ben Carson’s votes in the Iowa primary. Cruz said he apologized to Carson and didn’t know his staffers had done that. He again apologized to Carson on the stage. From that point on for the next hour the moderators seemed to be ignoring Carson as they questioned every candidate except him. Carson finally got a word in edge wise only by raising his hand and said.”I’m not here just to add beauty to the stage.” Earlier Muir said to Carson that he had missed some states and that Cruz’s staffers said he was no longer running yet he is still here and asked Carson to explain. I thought that was very rude,insulting and indignant to ask Carson that kind of question. Could it be that is why the moderators ignored Carson most of the night?
Another big debate came between Bush and Trump. Their sparring come over eminent domain — the power of the government to force people to sell their private property — which many conservatives have long criticized.
After Trump defended the general concept of eminent domain as a “necessity” for government, Bush jumped in with a specific critique of the developer’s record on the topic.
“The difference between eminent domain for public purpose — as Donald said: roads and infrastructure and pipelines and all that, that’s for public purpose — but what Donald Trump did was use eminent domain to try to take the property of an elderly woman on the strip in Atlantic City. That not a public purpose. That is downright wrong.”
Real-estate mogul Donald Trump confronted a Republican debate audience that repeatedly booed him during an exchange with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R).
This was a reference to Trump’s attempted use of eminent domain in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the 1990s, when the real-estate mogul was investing in the city’s casino empire. The woman in question, Vera Coking, refused to sell her home and successfully fought the state’s attempt to seize her land.
On Saturday night, Bush attempted to continue ripping into Trump, but Trump started interrupting him.
“All right. OK. Jeb, Jeb — he wants to be a tough guy. He wants to be a tough guy tonight. I didn’t take the property,” Trump said, as he and Bush talked over each other.
It was then Bush’s turn to interrupt. Bush asked how “tough” it was to try and take property from an elderly woman. Trump then shushed him.
“Let me talk. Let me talk. Quiet,” he said.
The audience loudly booed Trump, driving the back-and-forth off the rails. Trump said audience members were all members of the Republican establishment.
“That’s all of his donors and special interests out there,” Trump said of the people booing him. “That’s what it is. And by the way, let me just tell you: We needed tickets. You can’t get them. You know who has the tickets? … Donors, special interests, the people that are putting up the money. That’s who it is.”
The booing continued. Trump said he was self-funding his campaign, so Republican donors weren’t a fan of his candidacy.
“The reason they’re not loving me is I don’t want their money. I’m going to do the right thing for the American public,” Trump said. And he is right!!! Trump confronts ‘donors’ in audience after boos…
There were many sparring incidents throughout the debate. I thought the moderators gave Rubio the most time with Cruz, Trump and Chris Christie close behind.
Rubio said he did not believe that his opposition to same-sex marriage made him “a bigot or a hater.” The Florida senator also criticized different media outlets for not asking Democrats during debates about abortion.
Other high Highlites included:
— Cruz maintained that he would not negotiate with terrorists or pay ransom to terrorists holding Americans hostage, saying that this approach would “put a bounty” on Americans abroad. When asked, Trump said that he agreed.
— Christie said he would quarantine people coming from Brazil if he believed they had the Zika virus.
— Rubio defended his comments about President Barack Obama’s visit to a mosque this week, criticizing the president for supposedly overemphasizing Islamophobia.
“He continues to put out this fiction that there’s widespread, systematic discrimination against Muslim Americans,” Rubio said of Obama.
“We need to have strong, positive relationships in the Islamic communities in this country so they will identify and report [terrorist] activity.”
Rubio said that the Obama administration discriminated against Christians in the US.
Rubio and Christie got into a huge tit for tat debate when Rubio said Obama is not imcompetent, but knows exactly what he’s doing to destroy America from within. Christie accused Marco of using the same 25 second speech to every question. Christie claims Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing and is incompetent which is what Trump says also. I personally agree with Marco. I think Obama hates America and bad mouths us and wants us destroyed from within and his Muslim buddies can come in and take over.
I am still of the opinion that Hillary is not going to be the candidate. I may be wrong, but Trump brought up the fact that she is being plagued by scandals such as the e-mail scandal and Benghazi, “People have gone to jail for far less than what she has done,” Trump said at the debate. Big democrat donors see her slipping in the polls and they see Sanders as too far left for them and are trying to persuade Biden to come in and run. What will happen is anyone’s guess at this point.